Monday, 29 March 2010

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR HAIR IS LACKING PROTEIN

Black hair is prone to breakage. Some amount of hair loss is natural, but most hair loss in black women stems from mistreatment or a disproportionate amount of moisture or protein. Many stylists who focus on healthy black hair will tell you that your hair demands a balance of moisture and protein. Nothing else that you do to obtain a head of healthy black hair will matter if you that balance is thrown off. Follow these steps to test your hair.

Instructions
1. WET YOUR HAIR
It is best to do this test after you have shampooed your hair. While it is still wet you will need to grip about an inch of your hair between your fingers.

2. STRETCH THE WET STRANDS OF HAIR
Take the inch of wet hair and run a comb through it. Make sure that it is not tangled when you do this - you don't want to harm your hair. And remember, it is always best to use a wide-tooth comb in black hair

3. OBSERVE
Pay close attention to the way that the hair strands react after they have been combed. Healthy black hair strands will stretch, but they will not break unless they are under an extreme amount of stress. Again, what you are looking for in this step is to see how your hair reacts to the wet stretch.

4. DIAGNOSE
If your hair stretches just a little, then returns to its normal length without breakage, your hair is balanced. Good job, you're done!
If your hair exhibits any of the following tendencies, you need to focus on moisturizing:
* Does not stretch at all, then breaks
* Is extremely rough and brittle

If your hair exhibits any of the following tendencies, you need to focus on protein:
* Is limp and gummy feeling/looking
* Stretches a long way then proceeds to break off

5. TREAT
After you have found out which problem is affecting your hair, you will need to address it. Any stylist will tell you that lack of moisture is usually the problem for black hair. But, there are times when lack of protein is the issue. In either case, here is how you can solve each problem:

Lack of MOISTURE:
This one is simple. Black hair needs a great deal of moisture because it is very porous. Look for moisturizing conditioners or moisturizing creams, then make sure to seal in the moisture with a light oil sheen
Lack of PROTEIN: There are many protein treatments for black hair. You can also get protein based leave in conditioners as well.

6. RETURN TO YOUR NORMAL HAIR CARE REGIMEN
Once your hair is balanced you can return to your normal hair care regime. If you have completed the comb/stretch test, but you are still not sure whether your hair lacks protein or moisture, it is best to shoot for the moisture issue first in black hair.
Thanks to Zainab for allowing us to share this article © AU NATURALE BLOG

Saturday, 27 March 2010

2 NEW PRODUCTS AT CIOCCOLATINA

Cioccolatina is our brand of handmade natural toiletries at Sheabutter Cottage. All the products are made by yours truly and I absolutely love mixing simple ingredients for effective use on skin and hair. These are the 2 latest offerings:
AFRO SHAMPOO BAR
ARGAN SOAP
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Thursday, 25 March 2010

COCOA - THE BITTER TRUTH?

It was interesting watching the Panorama programme on BBC last night about the cocoa industry. As much as I love cocoa, this is one industry which has so many different pieces of jigsaws which do not fit to form the right picture.
Being a native of the second largest cocoa producer in the world [Ghana] as well as being a descendant of a cocoa farmer and a daughter of a teacher, I just sat in silence watching this programme.
I like transparency and believe that the #1 bitter truth about tackling child labour in the cocoa industry is to EDUCATE the farmers.
The #2 bitter truth is to make schools/education freely available for children from such poor farming communities. It should be the norm that the cocoa industry trades fairly from farm to end use. The cocoa industry is a very wealthy one but .................

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE FOR AMINA

In a world of virtual friends, it can be sometimes difficult to feel the warmth. I have however met one such warm person by name Amina and would appreciate if you can vote for her because she is pretty powerful.
http://www.brickfish.com/GoToPage.aspx?qsi=39295719

Friday, 5 March 2010

CAN'T CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENT

I don't even know where to start? There is always an air of excitement when my alarm aka the rascals wake me up on a Friday morning.
Yes, it signifies the weekend is just a few hours away.

However, I am sooooooo excited today because I have just taken delivery of one of our first 2 orders of pure creamy gorgeous unrefined fair trade shea butter from the lovely hardworking ladies at Gumu - Ghana.


The excitement does not just end there though - tomorrow is the 53rd independence anniversary of my beloved country Ghana. Come and join me in tapping those feet, shaking the waist and swinging those hips.

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